Friday, January 22, 2010

"How can I Do This Great Wickedness and Sin Against God"

In Gen 39 there is the story about Joseph and Potiphar's wife. Potiphar's wife looked longingly at Joseph and tried to get him to commit adultery with her. She tried on several occasions but to no avail. Josephs would not betray his friend Potiphar nor would he betray God through his sin. Joseph who was a faithful servant to Potiphar and to God had the right perspective about sin. His sin would be against someone. In other words his sin would betray Potiphar and ultimately God. The greatest commandment was summed up in the new testament, Love the Lord Your God with all your Heart Soul mind and strength and your neighbor as yourself. Joseph knew that to betray Potiphar would break this two commandments. Sin is betrayl! Verse 2 says the Lord was with Joseph and he was a successful man. Potiphar saw this favor on Joseph and made him master of all that he had. Joseph had the trust of God and man and when time came for that trust to be tested Joseph stood and rejected the temptation to sin. He remain loyal and faithful to God and to man. This particular part of Joseph's life does not end well because he was accused anyway by Potiphar's wife and was thrown in prison for something he did not do. Yet in all that was done to him for remaing loyal he did not accuse God or grow bitter, he remained faithful and ultimately he became the master of Pharoah's house. Wow!!! To remain faithful to God and man no matter what happens starts with the same attitude about sin as Joseph had. We must hate sin and all that it does to those around us and ultimately to God. A child of God does not see how close he can get to sin he runs from it. Joseph ran from the advances of Potiphar's wife. We must do the same!! Think about all the destruction adultry and affairs causes to those involved. Sin seems pleasureable for a season but it will ultimately bring death. What would our world be like if the men of our age would be like Joseph and stand and flee adultry. Maybe we would see revival!!!!